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Kolkata Airport planning to generate own solar power

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Authorities at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport here are planning to generate their own power through solar energy, a senior AAI official today said.

"There are plans for installing solar panels across 55 acres of land at the cost of Rs 130 crore to meet the power requirement of NSCBI Airport, which is around 15 MW," said Airports Authority of India, Chairman, R K Srivastava.

"We are working on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's idea of self reliance and the proposed solar power project will generate around 20 MW, which will be more than sufficient for the NSCBI Airport," he said.

The AAI chairman said the aerobridges of the new and old terminals would be linked to facilitate operations at the airport.

"We are also presently scouting for an alternative land for a new tower for the Airport," he said.

Srivastava today inaugurated the 'Swagat Seva', a meet , greet and assist service for the benefit of departing and arriving passengers both at the domestic and international wings of the NSCBI Airport today.

A release from the Airport authorities said the all-inclusive Rs 200 per passenger fee would allow passengers to avail facilitation services in clearing airport formalities and would also assist in fetching cab services and booking of Rail and Air tickets for the passengers.

First Published: Thu, September 03 2015. 23:32 IST